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Checking Up on Emotional Well-Being of Families

Presenting the 2019 Stockman Lecture at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in October, LaToshia Rouse, mother of four, told some 4,000 pediatricians how much it can mean for a doctor to ask, sincerely, “How are you?”

“One pediatrician can make such a difference,” she said. “One pediatrician can help a family feel resilient and able to cope with their children’s challenges.”

The Rouse familyRouse has faced numerous challenges with her children.

ABP’s Lean Way to Quality

Lisa Elliott and Amy OlsonWhile board-certified pediatricians work to improve the care they provide children, the ABP also seeks to improve the certification process for pediatricians. The ABP staff uses a systematic, yet rapid-change, approach called lean. Lean activities — such as process-mapping exercises, root-cause analysis, and standardization of work — help identify and eliminate wasteful steps in any process and maximize value for the pediatricians the ABP serves.

Dr. Lannon Receives Cincinnati Children’s Faculty Award

Dr. Carole LannonCarole Lannon, MD, MPH, ABP Senior Quality Advisory, has received the senior Advocacy Achievement Faculty Award from Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.

Dr. Lannon, University of Cincinnati Professor of Pediatrics, is senior faculty lead of the Learning Networks Core at the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Dazelle Dean Simpson, 1925-2020

Dazelle Dean Simpson, MD, died Feb. 9, 2020, in Miami. She was 95.

Dr. Simpson was the first African-American pediatrician in Florida to become certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). She received her certification in General Pediatrics on Oct. 1, 1957.

ABP Names Dr. Ulfat Shaikh 2020 Paul V. Miles Fellow

Dr. Ulfat ShaikhIn her first job after completing pediatric residency, Ulfat Shaikh, MD, MPH, MS, noticed how much time children and their families spent in the clinic waiting for care.

“Long wait times, being shuffled from area to area, filling out unnecessary paperwork, answering the same questions from multiple clinicians, and delays in obtaining test results were a real disservice to our patients,” she says. 

Dr. Kathryn M. Edwards to Receive 2020 APS John Howland Award

Dr. Kathryn EdwardsThe American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) congratulates Kathryn M. Edwards, MD, on being chosen to receive the American Pediatric Society’s (APS) 2020 John Howland Award.

The John Howland Award is the highest honor bestowed by the APS and signifies the society’s recognition of Dr. Edwards’ significant contributions to advancing child health and the profession of pediatrics.

ABP Responds to Pediatric Hospital Medicine Petition

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) thanks the Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) community for the opportunity to respond to their petition. Our approach and response are grounded in our mission:

“Advancing child health by certifying pediatricians who meet standards of excellence and are committed to continuous learning and improvement.”

Transparency is one of the ABP’s core values, which underpins this response.

Dr. Carolyn Bridgemohan, 1961-2019

Dr. Carolyn BridgemohanCarolyn H. Bridgemohan, MD, co-director of the Autism Spectrum Center at the Boston Children’s Hospital and chair of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Developmental-Behavioral Subboard, died Aug. 16, 2019. She was 58.

Dr. Bridgemohan began volunteering with the ABP in 2016. In addition to chairing the Developmental-Behavioral Subboard, she served on the subboard credentials committee until her untimely death. 

Dr. Linda Anz, 1948-2019

Dr. Linda AnzLinda Harter Anz, MD, a general pediatrician in Auburn, AL, and former American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) volunteer, died June 13, 2019. She was 70.

Dr. Anz practiced pediatric medicine in the Auburn/Opelika metropolitan area for 39 years. For more than 12 years, beginning in 2002, she served on the ABP’s Certifying Exam Committee Group B (later known as the General Pediatrics Exam Committee Group B). Dr. Anz also was a member of the General Pediatrics Pilot testing committee. 

Dr. Grant Morrow III, 1933–2019

Dr. Grant Morrow

Grant Morrow III, MD, former chair of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Board of Directors, died May 18, 2019. He was 86.

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